Does Google still support the robots.txt noindex directive?

Last updated: September 11, 2020

No, back in September 2019 Google stopped supporting the unofficial robots.txt noindex directive.

While its use should have always been a last resort, the directive is completely useless now.

What about other search engines you ask, like Bing for instance? They’ve never supported the unofficial noindex directive.

So what’s the best way to noindex pages?

The best way to noindex pages is to use the meta robots tag or X-Robots-Tag.

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